Rules for Safe Ski Holidays in Austria Announced

In just over a month, the World Cup kicks off in Sölden. A few days before, in ski paradise, we will start a new season in the glaciers of Tirol. Home to 5 glaciers, 80 ski areas,and a skiable terrain of around 3,000 kilometers, Tirol offers some of the most epic slopes and thrilling rides you’ll be able to find in the world.

And yesterday, Monday, September 20th, the Austrian government announced new rules for the ski season. So, we want to share with you some useful information to help you enjoy your next ski trip to Austria/Tirol.

Entry Regulations for Austria

All travelers need to show either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection upon entry into Austria.

EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU. National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate.

Holders of ‘EU Digital COVID Certificates’ (EUDCC) can enter Austria without being subject to additional restriction if their certificate contains one of the following: 

  • Certificate of vaccination;

  • Certificate of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days;

  • A pre-departure PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to arrival) or a rapid antigen test (taken within 48 hours prior to arrival).

FFP2 masks are required for everyone on public transport, in cable cars, and in essential businesses such as supermarkets, chemists, petrol stations, and banks.

Rules for the Winter season in Austria

In order to guarantee the safest and smooth process possible in the coming season, the government has presented a three-step plan so that a carefree holiday and leisure experience can be guaranteed.

Together with the federal states, the industry, experts, and the association of cities and municipalities, the federal government has decided on a three-stage plan - which is primarily based on the utilization of intensive care bed capacities:

Level 1: Current status

Level 2: From 7 days after 300 IU beds are occupied (corresponds to an intensive care bed occupancy of approx. 15 percent)

Level 3: From 7 days after 400 ICU beds are occupied (corresponds to an intensive care bed occupancy rate of approx. 20 percent)